For the first time in its history, the team advanced to the Final Four of the American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA) Division II chapmionships in Lakeland, Fla. The brewers lost 19-24 to Notre Dame on Dec. 7, rallying the next day to beat Kutztown University 24-15, to claim third-place in the division.
Margaret Kwateng '15 was named the team's MVP and was named to the All-Tournament team along with fellow Brewers Dallas Robinson '15 and Meg Slattery '16. The team finished its season with an overall record of 11-3-0.
Vassar advanced to the Round of 16 in the ACRA tournament on Nov. 9 with a 51-12 victory over Colgate University on the Vassar pitch. Kwateng scored five tries for the Brewers, while freshman Cierra Thomas had two and Robinson had one. Vassar defeated previously unbeaten Stony Brook University, 22-17, to capture the Tri-State Conference championship on Nov. 2 on the Marist College campus in Poughkeepsie. Anne Fritzson ‘17, Thomas, Robinson, and Natalie Ward ‘14 all scored tries for the Brewers.
Vassar’s quest for a national title ended in the Round of 16 as the Brewers fell to host James Madison University, 77-5, on Nov. 23 in Harrisonburg, Va. Junior Jacob Adelgren had the lone try for Vassar. The Brewers salvaged a 26-26 tie with Kent State University in the consolation game of the tournament on Nov. 24. Zach Rippe ‘16, Karl Foley ‘14, Geoff Matthes ‘15, and Eli Vargas ’17 scored tries, and Nick Graham had three conversions ‘15.
Vassar defeated Seton Hall University, 13-12, and Marist College, 11-5, on Nov. 10 to win the Tri-State Championship at Fairfield (Conn.) University. Junior Jesse Myhill scored the lone try in the championship game. Senior Andrew Jdaydani and Foley scored tries in the semifinal win over Seton Hall.
Jdaydani scored two tries to lead Vassar to a 34-12 victory over Marist on Nov. 3 to earn a berth in the regional playoffs. Senior Brian Heil, Matthes, and Kenta Hasui ‘15 also scored tries for the Brewers, and Graham had three conversions and a penalty kick.
The Brewers won their fourth straight game, defeating previously unbeaten Wesleyan University, 65-52, on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown, Conn., on Nov. 26. Preseason All-American point guard Cydni Matsuoka ’14 scored 13 of her game-high 17 points in the first half to lead the Brewers.
Sophomore guard Caitlin Drakeley scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds and eight steals to lead Vassar to a 60-53 victory over SUNY New Paltz on Nov. 21 on the New Paltz campus. Matsuoka led all scorers with 15 points, and fellow senior Hannah Senftleber added 12 points and four rebounds.
Five players scored in double figures as Vassar defeated Brooklyn College, 75-42, on Nov. 16 in the finals of the Vassar College Tip-Off Tournament at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The game was tied at 25 late in the first half when Senftleber led Vassar on a 7-0 spurt for a 32-25 halftime lead. The Brewers made 18 of their 31 second-half shots to earn the victory. Matsuoka finished with 19 points and had six assists. Senftleber had 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Drakeley finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Junior Michelle Foreman came off the bench to score 11 points, and Nyah Berg ’15 had 10 points and six assists.
Vassar won the opening game of the tourney, 55-41, over Wellesley College. The Brewers overcame a 24-20 deficit late in the first half and outscored Wellesley, 30-17, in the second half. Drakeley led Vassar with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Matsuoka had 11 points, and Senftleber finished with 10.
Sophomore guard Erikson Wasyl scored a career-high 26 points to lead Vassar to a 78-70 win over Western Connecticut State University on Nov. 26 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. It was the Brewers’ third victory in four games.
Junior forward Luka Ladan scored six points during a 16-3 second-half run to lead Vassar to a 73-61 victory over SUNY New Paltz on Nov. 21.
Johnny Mrlik ’16 led Vassar on a 15-2 run at the start of the second half, and the Brewers went on to defeat Roger Williams University, 81-71, in the consolation game of the Marriott Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 16 on the Roger Williams campus in Bristol, R.I. Mrlik, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Wasyl and Alex Snyder ’15 finished with 13 points and 10 points, respectively. The Brewers lost to Clark University, 65-62, on Nov. 15. Mrlik led all Vassar scorers with 13 points.
Women’s Cross Country
Senior Aubree Piepmeier finished 28th overall to lead Vassar to a ninth-place finish on Nov. 16 at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals in Geneseo. Freshman Kate Snider posted a personal-best 22:44.8 to finish 43rd, and fellow freshman Lucy Balcezak had her top time of the year in finishing 59th.
Missing two of its key runners, Vassar finished third at the Liberty League championship on Nov. 2 on the Bard College campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Piepmeier ran a personal-best 22:02 to finish fourth overall. Freshman Jemma Howlett finished 12th, and Snider was 13th. Vassar standouts Cassidy Carpenter ’15 and Balcezak missed the race due to illness.
Men’s Cross Country
Freshman Alfredo Mazzuca finished in 35th place as Vassar posted a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals in Geneseo on Nov. 16. Junior Eliot Gerson posted one of his best times of the year, 26:11.16 on the 8K course, for 47th place.
A shorthanded Vassar squad finished fourth on Nov. 2 at the Liberty League championship on the Bard College campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Mazzuca earned First Team All-Liberty League honors with a sixth-place finish. Senior Harry Feigen was 21st, and Gerson was 25th. Two of Vassar’s best runners, freshman Jay Kepes and sophomore Jonah Williams, could not compete due to illness.
The No. 3-ranked Division III team in the nation, William Smith College, defeated Vassar, 3-0, in the semifinals of the Liberty League playoffs on Nov. 6. The Brewers finished the season with a record of 9-8-2, including 4-3-1 in the Liberty League. Junior Chloe Wheeler was named to the First Team All-Liberty League squad, while juniors Sarah Bourenane and Lily Lanier were named to the second team and received honorable mention, respectively.
Wheeler scored the game-winner in overtime on Nov. 2 as Vassar defeated Union College, 2-1, to qualify for the Liberty League playoffs for the first time since 2010. Wheeler scored with 1:54 remaining in the first overtime period on a pass from Kamaria Coley ‘16. Senior Kelsey Hamm got the Brewers on the scoreboard with a 25-yard shot into the left corner of the net.
Vassar’s hopes for a third straight trip to the NCAA Division III tournament were dashed on Nov. 6 as the Brewers lost to St. Lawrence University, 1-0, in the semifinals of the Liberty League playoffs. The game was scoreless until the 78th minute, when St. Lawrence scored on a scramble in front of the net. St. Lawrence was ranked 17th in the nation among NCAA Division III teams. Vassar finished the season with an 8-5-5 record, including 3-1-4 in the league.
Junior forward Tom Wiechert was named to the First Team All-Liberty League squad, goalkeeper Ryan Grimme ’14 and midfielder Juliano Pereira ’14 were named to the second team, and defender Evan Seltzer ’14 received honorable mention.
Senior Rob Manukyan opened the scoring less than nine minutes into the game on Nov. 2 as Vassar defeated Bard College, 3-0. The win clinched a Liberty League playoff spot for the Brewers. Freshman Stephen Jennings and Wiechert also scored for Vassar.
Women’s Field Hockey
Competing for the first time in school history in post-season play, Vassar lost to Skidmore College, 4-0, on Nov. 6 in the semifinals of the Liberty League playoffs. Skidmore was ranked No. 12 in the nation among NCAA Division III teams. The Brewers finished the season with a record of 11-7 under first-year head coach Michael Warari, who was named Liberty League Coach of the Year. Sophomore Lauren Wiebe and seniors Tina Caso and Maggie Brelis were named to the All-Liberty League Second Team. Midfielder Anna Schroeder ‘14, Enya Cunningham ‘15, and defender Catherine Fiore ’14 received honorable mention.
Vassar lost to Clarkson University in three sets on Nov. 8 in the semifinals of the Liberty League championship. The Brewers narrowly lost the first set, 25-22, then dropped the next two, 25-13 and 25-17. Clarkson defeated Union College in the championship match on Nov. 9. Junior hitter Taylor Mosley and senior setter Rose Carman were named to the Liberty League Second Team All-Star squad. Junior Clara Cardillo and sophomore Chloe Hallum received honorable mention.
Vassar lost a pair of non-conference matches on Nov. 2 at Kenyon Hall. The Brewers fell to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in four sets and lost in straight sets to the University of Massachusetts Boston. Freshman Gabby Miller had nine kills and six digs, while Mosley had nine kills and seven digs. Carman had 28 assists.
Vassar earned decisive victories over Marist College, Bard College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cornell University, and the University at Albany on Nov. 16 at the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational at Walker Field House. The Brewers scored at least 21 of a possible 27 points in each match. Zach Wilson ’16 finished with a 9-1 record in sabre, while Kenny Lee ’14 and Clayton Marr ‘17 each won seven bouts.
Senior Matt Steinschneider and freshman Ry Farley each posted 16 victories on Nov. 10 as Vassar won three of seven matches at the Vassar Invitational. The Brewers defeated Yeshiva University, Haverford College, and Lafayette College. Farley advanced to the quarterfinals, and Jackson Dammann ’17 and Steinschneider each advanced to the Round of 16 in the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference championships on Nov. 2 in Northampton, Mass. Farley was undefeated in pool competition in épée and won two matches in the championship round. Dammann also competed in épée, and Steinschneider competed in foil.
Vassar split four matches at the Matt Lampell Hudson River Invitational on Nov. 16 at Walker Field House. The Brewers defeated Queens College, 21-6, and Marist College, 23-4, but dropped a pair of matches to City College of New York, 18-9 and 16-11. The sabre trio of Kathleen Konno ‘15, Anastasia Stevens ‘15, and Lily Elbaum ’16 each went 2-0 in the win over Queens. Claudia Carcamo ’17 and Elsa Stoff ‘17 were undefeated in foil. Stoff and Carcamo were also undefeated in the victory over Marist. Stoff finished the day 9-1, while freshman Olivia Weiss was 7-2.
Stoff and Weiss led Vassar to three victories on Nov. 10 at the Vassar Invitational at Walker Field House. The Brewers picked up wins against Queens College, Yeshiva University, and Hunter College.
Weiss advanced to the quarterfinals, and Stoff, Megan Lewis ‘15, and Rachel Messbauer ’16 broke into the top 16 on Nov. 2 at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference tournament in Northampton, Mass.
Men’s and Women’s Squash
Vassar defeated Bard College but lost to St. Lawrence University at the Liberty League championship on Nov. 23 in Canton, N.Y. The Brewers won eight of nine matches against Bard but dropped all nine matches against St. Lawrence. Freshman Carly Scher had the most decisive win against Bard, defeating Stephanie Parent, 11-0, 11-2, 11-3. Vassar lost to Hobart College and the University of Rochester by 9-0 scores on Nov. 24.
Vassar dropped a pair of matches to Haverford College and Lehigh University by 9-0 scores on Nov. 16 on the Haverford campus. Top performers were Isabelle Bertram ‘17, Ryan Kurtzman ‘15, and Daniel Doctor ‘16.
Freshman Vincent Mencotti won five straight matches on Nov. 2 to win the A Division Men’s title at the Hudson Valley College Individual Squash Tournament at Kenyon Hall. Mencotti lost the first two sets of the finals to Kincade Webster of Fordham University but won the next three to take the match, 11-13, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 13-11. Scher advanced to the finals of the B event before losing to Matthew Crowe of Fordham.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Freshman Chris Cerutti won the 100- and 200-yard backstroke races and was a member of the winning 400-yard medley relay team as Vassar defeated SUNY New Paltz, 144-135, on Nov. 23 at Kresge Pool. Junior Luc Amodio swam the fastest split in the 400-yard freestyle to help earn Vassar the win. Amodio also won the 50-yard freestyle. Diver John Nguyen ’14 won the one-meter and three-meter events.
Nguyen won the one-meter event, and freshman Ian Quinn finished second in the 100-yard butterfly, but Vassar lost to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 155-112, at the RPI pool in Troy, N.Y., on Nov. 16. Freshman Patrick Lai had a personal best in finishing third in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Vassar opened the season with a 148-144 victory over Liberty League rival Skidmore College on Nov. 9 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Greg Cristina ‘16, Isaiah Hale ‘16, Amodio, and Vincent Palladino ‘17 won its event —one of eight victories for the Brewer squad.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Freshman Julia Cunningham won the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley, but Vassar fell to SUNY New Paltz, 159-135, on Nov. 23 at Kresge Pool. On Nov. 16, Cunningham smashed the school record in the 100-yard butterfly, but Vassar lost to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 164-127, at the RPI pool in Troy, N.Y. Cunningham broke the 11-year-old record with a time of 58.96 to win the event. Cunningham also won the 200-yard butterfly, while teammates Zoe Fullerton ’15 and Zoe Kurtz ’17 were fourth and fifth, respectively. Sophomore Milee Nelson won the 100-yard backstroke.
Cunningham broke the school record in the 200-yard butterfly as Vassar defeated Skidmore College, 164-130, on Nov. 9 in a Liberty League meet on the Skidmore campus. The previous record of 2:10.03 had been set by Katie Hickman ’05. Cunningham broke it by more than a second, finishing in 2:08.11. She also won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley.
Photos by Vassar College Athletics Department.